Life as an Accounting and Finance student

Hi, I’m Daniel Kemp, a third year undergraduate student at Robert Gordon University studying BA (HONS) Accounting and Finance. I previously obtained an honours degree in Biomedical Science but decided to make the switch to accounting and finance after talking to chartered accountants who greatly enjoy their careers. I have always been interested in working with numbers from a young age and am delighted to have made the switch.

Whilst undertaking my first year at university I studied hard and was delighted to receive The Simmons and Co. International Prize for the highest achieving student in first year and the BP prize for the highest overall grade in management accounting for my achievements. I feel that this motivated me even further as I did not expect to win such tremendous prizes or receive such great recognition from the university for my hard work.

My advice to other students would be to work to the best of your ability at all times. I believe that anyone can achieve their goals at university. It doesn’t matter if you are new to studying, returning to study after a break or have a young family like myself. I also utilised the great facilities on campus and the teaching staff provided excellent support at all times. I would not have been able to achieve my results without them.

I am currently undertaking an exciting and rewarding placement opportunity within Aberdeen City at Johnston Carmichael as an audit assistant. I am really enjoying the placement and have gained a breadth of new knowledge and experience. I have gained experience in auditing, preparation of financial statements, stock taking and in using software packages. I have also developed my skills in team work, communication, listening, accuracy, numeracy and attention to detail. The support has been outstanding from both the university staff and my placement setting. It’s great to be given the opportunity to undertake a placement as part of the course -an opportunity which is not always available studying at other institutions. I feel that this, along with the supportive staff team and great facilities on campus is what makes RGU stand out from the crowd.

You can read my personal blog here.

Daniel

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